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The Frantic


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As the entire music industry scrambles to redefine what it means to be a band in the 21st century when its not as much about record labels throwing money around and radio spinning a tune to a mass audience who will in turn run out and buy the albums, as it is about finding an audience the old DIY way of playing shows and meeting fans – a group of high school friends, from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, called The Frantic are too busy making music to give the old business side of things much thought.

“We just like to have fun up on the stage,” says 17-year-old vocalist/guitarist Kyle Dee.

The band may be young (Kyle and guitarist Ian Farnesi are both 17, while bassist Chris Farnesi and drummer Brett Hartwell are 18), but don’t let their age fool you. They’ve been playing together, in one form or another, since they were 9 years old (“we weren’t too good at age 9…we were just making noise,” they say with a laugh). While what began as a bunch of kids playing punk and rock covers in their parents basements has since evolved into a well-versed punk rock band who have opened shows for Riverboat Gamblers, Bad Brains, The Casualties, U.S. Bombs, Youth Brigade, Pink Spiders, Treaty Of Paris, Dillinger Four, and many more and have performed on the 2007 Warped Tour via the Hot Topic/Kevin Says Stage, that initial passion to play that brought them all together when they were barely out of the sandbox continues to grow by the day.


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  • SneezingSnails

    like a fast caaar!!

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • TenebrisInLux

    Thanks for the great show last night and some free merch ^^

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Mista_Billion

    It took them 4 years to make an ep that sounds like a more watered down jonas brothers knock off than there debut album. Wow 卐

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Sinister Muse is such a stupid record label. They act like they're interested in heavy punk and shit, but nah, just a bunch of emos and glam pop-punk wannabes no one will remember in 5ish years. :/

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • nadiastellar

    my gosh i love you kyle dee! hollywood homicide:]

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ryckon

    You guys had a great set at Summerfest. Keep it up

    7 Jul 2009 Reply
  • allaboutkreutze

    sorry my room mates and me couldn't make it to the show, thanks for the free cd, we will certainly try getting you another show down here later during the year.

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • fueledbyelyce

    favorites, :]

    28 May 2008 Reply
  • UncensoredRocks

    the frantic hangs out with uncensored interview.. watch what happens here!

    6 May 2008 Reply
  • mjlilgui

    Picked up their album in a bargain bin for a dollar at an indie music shop at Virginia Tech. I would pay full price for it if I ever get to see a show of theirs.

    25 Feb 2008 Reply
  • yodandy

    let me be the first to write here, saw them last night at my school, EIU! put on a great shows and i bought 'em a few beers! woot come back soon boys

    13 Feb 2008 Reply

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